I have a confession..

I joined my work gym I December of 2013. That was 2 years after I had Colleen and it was time that I took control of my health. My starting weight at that time was around 156.

It is not October of 2015.. And this morning, I weighed in at 136. 20Ib loss overall, but I should have very easily been at my goal weight. 

So, what’s the issue? Maybe I need to change up my workout routine, but I’m almost 100% sure it’s my nutrition. Specifically, my addiction to sugar. Yes. Hi, I’m Jennifer and I love sugar. Cupcakes, candy, coffee with lots of sugar, etc. I consume too much sugar every. single. day. 

So, with these new life changes, (hello new job!!) I decided I need to take control of my nutrition. I’ve done a little searching, and trying to come up with a plan to start. (Hello, Pinterest). 

Were you addicted to sugar? What helped? As I start this new step towards better health, it isn’t going to be just sugar. I’m aiming for processes junk and more fruits and vegetable. I’m not eliminating fruit. 

I will be keeping updates as to how the process is going.




Tough Decisions

After I finally earned my Bachelors degree, I started to really search for a graphic design job. And it was hard. I applied for a job within my company but was turned down. This put a major damper on my view of my abilities. I was sad and disappointed. But, after working almost nine years in manufacturing, I was ready to start making a living and do something more.

So, I applied for yet another job within the company. One where I felt I really didn’t have a lot of experience, but I was willing to learn. I applied for a few other design jobs outside the company and slowly over the end of summer, I had a few interviews.

This is where the tough choices came in. I hadn’t heard from my company (the last email I got from the recruiter made it seem like hiring was on hold). But I finally did and to my surprise, I was offered the position. Not having heard back from an of my design interviews, I had just assumed that I didn’t get either. (Surprise, surprise said my self doubt.)

A few weeks into that job, and got a call from both design companies, offering me a position. What the what?! Needless to say, I now have a design job, and it was incredibly difficult to have to turn one down. But, it was a huge boost to my moral, knowing that I could do it. Jonathan kept telling me it was their loss when I didn’t get the first job. And it took me months to feel this way. But to which now I can say:

“Rejection doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough; It means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer.”


Home and ARC Race

We’re a few weeks in to October (where has this year gone?!) and officially moved in our new home. It’s a tad smaller so I’m thinking there are some things that still need to get donated or tossed so we don’t have clutter. I figure, if it sat in the garage before, then it can probably go.

Of course I’ve been pin happy, searching for decorating ideas and such. Considerable amounts of searching include the would “small.” But again, I couldn’t be happier with our decision!

Also, last month I ran the ARC race with Colleen. It was really important to me that I ran with her. Only thing was, I didn’t have a jogging stroller and completely slacked going to pick up the one that someone offer to let us borrow. So that morning, we ran anyway. I was planning on walking, until I discovered that I could lock the front wheels. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day. It was cool, so I bundled Colleen up. Thankfully, the rain held off until we were almost done, so that was incentive to pick up the pace to finish!

I have some big life updates to share, but will likely save that for next post.